Our primary job is saving lives, but we are also here to provide hope and comfort, and to be present to act in time of need. Showing a family that help was there, that everything possible was done, and then giving them time to gather and say goodbye to a loved one is something to be proud of. It is hard to measure its worth.
I’ve done a number of true anaphlyaxis calls over the years, and I can you, I would not want to look in my bag and find the epi gone. Because if the epi wasn’t there, those patients would be dead, and if the epi was missing because I failed to check my gear, then I would deserve life without parole.
I think I sometimes take for granted what breathing treatments do. Someone is having a hard time breathing, lots of wheezes, you give them a treatment, they start breathing better. Pretty routine. Consider for a moment where the patients might end up if you didn’t have the treatments for them. Breathing treatments can keep moderate dsypneas from becoming respiratory failures.